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Clowns join in at Storytime at Beach Library

April 20, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

Knitting & Needlecraft meets also on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Dog Day Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Pre-register.

Activity Details

We have fewer activities scheduled in the Conference Room during this Holy Week before Easter.

Special Upcoming Activity

Children and families are invited to the special Storytime on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Clowns Lynn “Dotti” Hawkins, and Marsha “Critter” Newton, are members of the local Caloosa Clown Alley #97. Both Silly Sister clowns have been in clowning for 8 years and enjoy every minute of it.


We are so pleased with the many notes of congratulations and words of satisfaction and joy with the start of the construction for our long-awaited expansion. While we have experienced for years the many who have seen the wisdom and need for this service, it is nonetheless pleasing that it is being celebrated.

You may notice that the contractors are moving forward. They have set up an office in Seagrape Plaza, which enables us to avoid the view of a trailer on the library grounds and it also saves $300 a month as the storefront setup is more economical. Some landscaping on the Bay Road side has been removed to accommodate the new parking arrangement and also make room for a temporary entrance to the library, which will likely be put in place next month. All of the landscaping on the School Ave side has been removed so that construction foundations and testing can proceed.

Library Week

USA TODAY devoted a page in its Travel section on April 8 to libraries. With the start of National Library Week this week, it noted: “Forget stereotypes about libraries: You’re now more likely to find art exhibits, lounge chairs and free Wi-Fi…It’s a place where stuff happens.”

As one who breathes the many ways the Beach Library is used each day, we are aware that much is happening, and that the traditional uses of libraries by users have been augmented in many additional ways. This is one of the reasons we are so excited about the expansion as it situates our community library in sync with the needs and dreams of the 21st century. While we will continue to treasure books and reference inquiries, we also realize there is so much more that can be done. This is why the new floor plans incorporate many of these growing usage patterns. If you get a chance, browse a bit on page 5D of the USA TODAY as it highlights ten libraries across the USA that have grown with the times. While there’s a tendency to focus on the largest of the libraries in the article, the concepts remain valid across the board. With the expansion we’re be right in step for the added services. I’ve put a copy at the front desk or at reference so feel free to ask for one.

Library Hours

Don’t remember library hours? When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9-1. We look forward to seeing you.



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